A man told a vulnerable woman "give me your handbag and you won't get hurt", the Supreme Court in Launceston heard.
Nathan Luke Deckers, 28, of West Launceston, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and attempted robbery on July 2, 2020.
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Crown prosecutor John Ransom said Deckers and another man picked up a replica pistol in the morning and travelled to Devonport.
Deckers followed a 72-year-old woman and grabbed her handbag. When she pulled back Deckers broke her grip causing her to fall onto gravel.
Shortly after he followed a 63-year-old woman and while holding the gun grabbed her bag.
Two days later the co-accused contacted police and handed himself in and implicated Deckers.
A search of Deckers' residence located items stolen worth about $800.
Defence counsel Evan Hughes asked Justice Michael Brett to consider a drug treatment order rather than actual jail for his drug-addicted client.
Justice Brett adjourned sentencing until August 12.
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